September 28, 2016

FDA Investigates Island Soup Company

The FDA is advising consumers to throw away any soup products from the New York firm Island Soups Company with best before dates between July 2015 and June 2018 because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. That bacteria produces a toxin that can be deadly even in very small amounts. The company issued a recall for six soup varieties of their products on September 7, 2016. But in the notice from the FDA, they state that "FDA's safety concerns extend to all low-acid canned food products with best before dates between July 2015 and June 2018." FDA officials inspected Island Soups Company on June 22, 2016 and found that the facility "does not meet mandatory safety requirements for thermally processed low-acid canned food (LACF) products under the Federal … [Read more...]

Salmon Roe Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Imperial Caviar & Seafood and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Salmon Roe because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria produces a toxin that can be deadly in very small quantities. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled product is Imperial Caviar & Seafood brand Salmon Roe in three sizes. The 50 gram size has a UPC number of 1 86866 90024 8 and codes BB/MA 23-AUG-2017 LOT: 23616-03. Another 50 gram size has a UPC number of 1 86866 90024 8 and codes BB/MA 23-AUG-2017 LOT: 23616-04. The 100 gram size has a UPC number of 1 86866 90023 1 and codes 12-FEB-17 04116-02. They were sold in Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased these products, do not eat them, even … [Read more...]

6 Island Soups Brand Varieties Recalled for Possible Clostridum Botulinum Contamination

The FDA has just announced that Island Soups Company, Inc., headquartered in Saint Albans, NY, has issued a recall of six varieties of canned soup. This recall stems from the possibility that these products may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes botulism – a potentially deadly type of food poisoning. The recalled products, distributed through internet website purchases, are packaged in 16-ounce glass jars with white lids and white plastic safety seals with brown lettering; they are all coded with “BEST BEFORE” dates ranging from July 2015 through June 2018. The affected varieties are: Gungo Peas Soup, Net Wt. 16 OZ Gungo Peas Soup No Meat, Net Wt. 16 OZ Red Peas Soup, Net Wt. 16 OZ Red Peas Soup No Meat, Net Wt. 16 OZ Mannish … [Read more...]

H. Van Wijnen Smoked Salmon Recalled for Possible Botulism

A & E Distribution is recalling H. Van Wijnen brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon Filet in Canada because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria if sold refrigerated. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. It was sold in New Brunswick, Quebec, and possibly nationally at the retail level. This is an update of the Fjord Laks fish products recall earlier this month. The recalled product is H. Van Wijnen brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon Filet Royal in 170 gram packages. All "best before" dates up to and including July 29, 2016 are recalled. The UPC numbers on the product are variable. Food contaminated with the botulism toxin will not look, smell, or taste different from food that is safe to eat. The symptoms of botulism … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Flashback: Deadly Botulism Outbreak at Church Potluck

Last summer, a deadly botulism outbreak was linked to a potluck meal at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Ohio. Twenty nine people were sickened, two people died. Previously, one fatality had been reported in connection with the largest botulism outbreak to strike the U.S. in 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of those sickened described onset of symptoms two days after attending the potluck. Home-canned potatoes in potato salad were the likely source of the outbreak, health officials concluded. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle … [Read more...]

Verano Mushroom Soup Recalled for Possible Botulism

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Raices Food Inc. is recalling Verano Food Purveyors brand Mushroom Soup because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Verano Food Purveyors Mushroom Soup in two sizes. The 500 ml size and 1 liter size is recalled. There is no UPC Number on the product. All codes up to an including XP July 19 are recalled. The soup was sold in Nova Scotia at the retail level. The symptoms of botulism food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure, and paralysis. Food contaminated with this bacteria and the toxin it produces will not look, smell, or taste … [Read more...]

Recall of Fjord Laks Products for Botulism Updated

The Canadian recall of products from Fjord Laks for possible botulism contamination has been updated to include another product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The products are sold in the refrigerated section in supermarkets in Quebec. You can see the original recall for three other products at the CFIA web site. This recall adds Fjord Laks Scottish Smoked Salmon in 100 gram containers. All Best Before dates up to and including July 18, 2016 are recalled. The UPC number on the product is variable. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund. Botulism does not change the flavor, smell, appearance, or texture of foods, but a very tiny amount … [Read more...]

Fjord Laks Fish Recalled for Possible Botulism in Canada

A&E Distribution is recalling Fjord Laks brand fish products because they may contain Clostridium botulinum bacteria if sold refrigerated. The products were sold in Quebec at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are all Fjord Laks brand name. All best by dates up to and including July 16, 2016 are recalled. The UPC numbers for the recalled products are variable. They include Irish Smoked Salmon in 100 gram containers, Royal Smoked Empereur Gravlax Marinated Smoked Salmon in 100 gram containers, and Smoked Rainbow Trout in 125 gram containers. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the CFIA web site. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed … [Read more...]

Al Rasheed Sardines Recalled for Possible Botulism

Greenland Trading Company of New Jersey is recalling Al Rasheed Sardines because it may be contamianted with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. Al Rasheed Sardines were shipped to retail stores in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The product is packaged in a vacuum package with the expiration date 3/2017. The potential for contamination was noted after sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture Sampling and Analysis. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged container or return it to the store where you bought it for a refund. Botulism toxin does not change the taste, smell, look, or texture of food. A tiny amount can cause … [Read more...]

Dry Salted Fish and Bream Recalled for Possible Botulism

Krasnyi Oktyabr Inc. in Brooklyn, New York, is recalling Vobla (Roach) Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish and Bream Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria produces a toxin that can cause illness and death. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are sold in un-coded clear, vacuum pack plastic bags. Each bag weighs 5.29 ounces. The Vobla (Roach) Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish has a UPC number of 4606495-001308. The Bream - Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish has a UPC number of 4606495001346. The fish was imported from Russia and sold to retail stores in New York and California from February through April, 2016. Routine sampling and inspection by … [Read more...]

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